Noah Building the Ark (Dalziels' Bible Gallery) | Parashat Bereshit

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: The Lord Can Use Those Who Seek to Walk With Him [2019] We are starting all over from the very beginning. The reading this next Shabbat is from Genesis 1:1 – 6:8. This is the most glorious story of the entire Bible, and also the saddest of all biblical stories, of all human history. Everything starts…

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parashat-behaalotecha

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: We are the Lamps of the Lampstand [2019] This week the Torah reading (in Israel) is from the portion called Behaalotecha (“When You Set Up”). It is from Numbers 8:1-12:16, and the reading portion from the prophets is from Zechariah 2:14-4:7, and we read in our congregation from the New Covenant from Hebrews 4:14-16, and Revelation…

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parashat-naso

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: The Importance the Aaronic Blessing [2018] The Torah reading of this Shabbat is going to be Naso. This Parasha ends with what is called the Aaronic blessing (Numbers 6:22-27): “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to…

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Columbus before the queen - marranos

Introduction to the Marranos Recollections of a First Trip among the Marranos of Portugal Political and Religious Factors in the Spanish Inquisition Birds, Lions, and Elephants: Memories of a Secret Past in Trás-os-Montes, Portugal Traditions and Customs of the Marranos from Minas Gerais, Brazil The Phenomena of the Marranos in Brazil Marranos from Portugal and Spain Next Year in Jerusalem: A Call for the Marranos to Come Home Introduction to the Marranos The Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions began in the 15th Century and continued until the mid-1800s, as hundreds of thousands of Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism and…

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parashat-bamidbar

 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we read Parashat Bamidbar. The name of the weekly Torah portion is determined by the first word that appears in it, so too is the name of the five books of the Torah. The name is determined merely by the first word appearing in it, and not necessarily according to the content. The Hebrew name, Bamidbar, means “in the desert”: “The Lord spoke to Moses in the tent of meeting in the Desert of Sinai…” – Numbers 1:1 [NIV] The English name for it…

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bechukotai

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: “If” is a Powerful Word [2018] This week the reading in the Synagogue is Bechukotai – (In My Statutes) from Leviticus 26:3-27:34. The first word in this important Torah portion is “if”. This word is small and humble. However, it is one of the most important words in any language. It is a word that demands…

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parashat-behar

 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This week, we study Parashat Behar. It talks about of the sabbatical year, the year of Jubilee, and the redemption of land – the return of all real estate to their original owners. Further, it discusses the notion of ​​helping others and lending money. According to our portion, a loan is supposed to be free of interest, in order to help your neighbor get back on his feet. Likewise, it mentions that if someone is in a difficult situation, he can sell himself as a slave. Therefore, our parasha also teaches us about the…

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parashat-emor

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: “Let Us Therefore Keep the Feast” [2019] The Torah portion that will be read on Shabbat is Emor, Leviticus 21:1 – 24:21, and from the prophets, Ezekiel 44:15-31. From the New Testament our reading will be from Luke 5:9-6:49. The Emor portion of the Torah has some very interesting concepts that I would like to mention,…

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parashat-acharei-mot-kedoshim

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Note: This is a double Torah portion. To learn more about double Torah portions, read here. Joseph Shulam: The Issue of Atonement [2019] The reading for this next Shabbat is from Leviticus chapter 16:1 – 18:30, and from the prophets from 1 Samuel 20:18-42. From the New Testament we read from Matthew 15:10-20. The reading of Leviticus chapter…

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parashat-tazria-metzora

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Note: This is a double Torah portion. To learn more about double Torah portions, read here. Joseph Shulam: A Reminder of Our Need for Purity [2019] The reading this Shabbat is from Leviticus chapter 14:1-15:37. It is a short parashah with essentially one topic, the laws of purity. Now, the issue of purity is not so popular in…

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parashat-shemini

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: God is Not to be Treated Casually [2019] The Torah portion this next Shabbat is called “Shemini” (the eighth day). The reading starts in Leviticus 9:1 and ends in Leviticus 11:47. The Haftarah (the reading from the prophets) comes from 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17. We read from the New Testament from Mark 14:1-72, and Acts 10:9-22, 34-35.…

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Netivyah Bible Instruction Ministry | Parashat Vayikra

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: A Change in Paradigm Regarding Sacrifices [2020] We are beginning the readings this Shabbat from the book of Leviticus. The book of Leviticus is the name given by the church. As you know, in the Hebrew Bible the books don’t have names. They are identified by the first significant word in the book. Therefore, Genesis is…

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parashat-vayakhel-pekudei

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Note: This is a double Torah portion. To learn more about double Torah portions, read here. Joseph Shulam: The Power of a Freewill Offering [2020] The reading of the Torah this Shabbat is a double portion, called Vayakhel-Pekudei (Exodus 35:1 – 40:38). This Shabbat we finish reading the book of Exodus. In addition, it is the end of…

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Netivyah | Parashat Ki Tisa | The Adoration of the Golden Calf, Nicolas Poussin c. 1634

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: Should We Not Take the Word of God as Seriously as Moses and the Children of Israel Did? [2020] The Torah reading for this Shabbat is from Exodus. The name of the portion is Ki Tisa, Exodus 30: 11 – 34:35. This Shabbat is one of the four special sabbaths. It is called “Shabbat Parah”, the…

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Netivyah Bible Instruction Ministry | Parashat Tetzaveh

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: God is Our Eternal Light [2020] The reading this week is Tetzaveh, from Exodus 27:20 – 30:10. From the prophets the reading is very interesting. The Shabbat before Purim always the reading from the prophets is the same. The reading is from Deuteronomy 25:17-19 and 1 Samuel 15:1-34. The New Testament reading is from Hebrews 13:10-17.…

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Netivyah | Parashat Terumah | An illustration of the Tabernacle from the Holman Bible (1890)

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: God Wants Our Gold [2020] The Torah reading this week is Parashat Terumah, Exodus 25:1 – 27: 29. Terumah means contribution! This is the one time per year that I teach about giving in the congregation in Jerusalem. The operative word in this Torah portion is “gold”. So much gold is used in the building of…

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hanukkah-2018

 Happy holidays! We say “happy Hanukkah,” but the background of this holiday is rather sad and difficult. Our enemies tried to hurt us, to destroy our identity, to break us, to desecrate our holy Temple, but they failed. So we are here to celebrate our existence, the continuity of our identity, and to declare and educate the next generation. You Can Take Everything from a Man Except His Spirit What does Hanukkah symbolize? What is the meaning of this holiday? Everything can be taken from a person, you can take his house, fire him from work, hit his car,…

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parashat-haazinu

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: Understanding Paul’s Life and Mission [2019] The weekly portion of the Torah is Haazinu, Deuteronomy chapter 32. This portion of the Torah is the most important scripture for understanding all of the apostle Paul’s theology. I have to ask myself what was it that changed the attorney general of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem to give…

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parashat-vayelech

 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we read Parashat Vayelech. The final weekly Torah portions are read during the High Holidays, and therefore we usually combine lessons and topics related to the appointed times of Tishrei into the study of the weekly Torah portion. In a few days we will fast with all the people of Israel – the fast of Yom Kippur. In Jewish thought, this is the most frightening yet sacred day, the day of judgment. The Last Days of Moses According to Jewish tradition, the story…

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parashat-nitzavim

In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: Examples of Mysteries in the Torah [2019] The Torah reading this week is from Deuteronomy 29:10-30:20, from the prophets the reading is from Isaiah 61:10-63:9, and from the New Testament we are reading this Shabbat from John 16:1 – 17:26 and Romans 10:1-13. Parashat Nitzavim is a very rich portion of the Torah. It is another…

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